Joan Gehris

Joan K. Gehris, RN, 66, of Allentown, died peacefully December 5, 2012 at home. She was the wife of Timothy M. Gehris. They were married 44 years in February. Born in Yuma, AZ, she was the daughter of the late W. Colin and Mary (Vinson) Chisholm. A graduate of William Allen High School Class of 1964 and the former Allentown Hospital School of Nursing class of 1967, she worked in nursing at multiple sites in the Lehigh Valley. She loved being a nurse and strongly encouraged others to follow her into the profession. Diagnosed with breast cancer in 1989, she was always available to encourage other women in their fight and spoke to organizations about survivorship. She loved to travel, read, and spend time with family and friends. Survivors: Husband; daughters, Elizabeth, wife of Edward Zipay of Schuylkill Haven, PA and Judith, wife of Louis Gentile of Allentown; Brother: James Colin Chisholm and his wife Susan of Canton, GA; grandsons: Edward Zipay and Eric Zipay; and the Sister of her heart, Darla Stephens of Macungie. Services: Funeral service will be private, at the convenience of the family. Contributions: In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Joans memory to: The Breast Cancer Patient Assistance Fund c/o Lehigh Valley Health Network Development Dept. P.O. Box 4000 Allentown, PA 18105. Arrangements by the J. S. Burkholder Funeral Home, Allentown.

Funeral Home

J.S. Burkholder Funeral Home Inc.
1601 Hamilton Street Allentown, PA 18102

Published in Morning Call on Dec. 7, 2012